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Table 1 Descriptive results at patient level for all patients in the sample (n = 6339)

From: Use of social service counseling by cancer patients: an analysis of quality assurance data of 6339 breast cancer patients from 13 certified centers in Germany treated between 2015 and 2017

Variable Response option n (%)
total
n (%)
with SSC
n (%)
without SSC
Patient characteristics
 Sex Female 6292 (99.3) 5062 (99.4) 1230 (98.6)
Male 47 (0.7) 30 (0.6) 17 (1.4)
 Age Younger than 35 years 87 (1.4) 74 (1.5) 13 (1.0)
35–44 years 403 (6.4) 332 (6.5) 71 (5.7)
45–54 years 1330 (21.0) 1102 (21.6) 228 (18.3)
55–64 years 1477 (23.3) 1201 (23.6) 276 (22.1)
65–74 years 1434 (22.6) 1183 (23.2) 251 (20.1)
75–84 years 1292 (20.4) 1006 (19.8) 286 (22.9)
Older than 84 years 316 (5.0) 194 (3.8) 122 (9.8)
 Prior cancer diagnosis Yes 170 (2.7) 118 (2.3) 52 (4.2)
No 6169 (97.3) 4974 (97.7) 1195 (95.8)
 T-staging TIS/DCIS 581 (9.2) 411 (8.1) 170 (13.6)
Invasive breast cancer 5736 (90.5) 4668 (91.7) 1068 (85.7)
TX 22 (0.4) 13 (0.3) 9 (0.7)
 N-staging N0 3841 (60.6) 3140 (61.7) 701 (56.2)
> N0 2071 (32.7) 1650 (32.4) 421 (33.8)
NX 427 (6.7) 302 (5.9) 125 (10.0)
 M-staging M0 5950 (93.9) 4854 (95.3) 1096 (87.9)
M1 389 (6.1) 238 (4.7) 151 (12.1)
 Both breasts affected (metachronous and synchronous) No 6046 (95.4) 4857 (95.4) 1190 (95.4)
Yes 292 (4.6) 235 (4.6) 57 (4.6)
 Therapy type Surgery with recommendation for chemotherapy 2145 (33.8) 1853 (36.4) 292 (23.4)
Surgery without recommendation for chemotherapy 3779 (59.6) 3097 (60.8) 682 (54.7)
No surgery 415 (6.6) 142 (2.8) 273 (21.9)
 Date of diagnosis 2015 2105 (33.2) 1686 (33.1) 419 (33.6)
2016 2153 (34.0) 1611 (31.6) 542 (43.5)
2017 2081 (32.8) 1795 (35.2) 286 (22.9)
Center characteristics
 Municipality <  20,000 population 411 (6.5) 347 (6.8) 64 (5.1)
20,000–100,000 population 4153 (65.5) 3208 (63.0) 945 (75.8)
>  100,000 population 1775 (28.0) 1537 (30.2) 238 (19.1)
 Teaching status None 567 (8.9) 365 (7.2) 202 (16.2)
Academic 5003 (78.9) 4083 (80.2) 920 (73.8)
University 769 (12.1) 644 (12.7) 125 (10.0)
 Ownership Not-for-profit 6063 (95.6) 4859 (95.4) 1204 (96.6)
Private 276 (4.4) 233 (4.6) 43 (3.4)
 Number of primary cases Continuous 6339 (100)
Center Mean (SD): 142.5 (9.7)
 
 Years since first certfiication Continuous 6339 (100)
Center Mean (SD): 11.1 (5.9)
 
  1. Note: TIS tumor in situ, DCIS ductal carcinoma in situ, SD standard deviation